Thanksgiving Point Gardens welcomes spring 2010 with its annual Tulip Festival, which will be featuring more than 250,000 tulips in 100 unique varieties spread over 55 acres. Tulips and daffodils will be the main beauties on display, with other early spring flowers in 15 differently-themed areas redesigned just this year.

These beautiful floral displays can be seen from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 16 through May 1, except on Sundays.

The festival will feature Dutch Day at the Gardens on April 24. Festivities will include booths, music, food, a traditional costume contest and children’s activities. Musical performances will include an accordion trio and Idlewild Quartet.

“The highlight of the festival will be April 24, Dutch Day, a cultural celebration which will help guests discover more about the Dutch culture by participating in the painting of Dutch shoes, making hats and learning why tulips are a reason for celebration,” said Erica Brown, director of communications at Thanksgiving Point. “Another exciting highlight will be The Old Dutch Store of Salt Lake City, where guests can shop for Dutch trinkets and discover more about Dutch cultural heritage.”

Artwork from local artist Sarah Samuelson will be on display and will feature tulips from the Thanksgiving Point Gardens. Samuelson, a Fine Arts graduate of BYU and a former UVU art teacher, has been painting and drawing since she was a child and enjoys sharing the beauties of nature through her artwork.

In addition to the colorful blooms, Thanksgiving Point’s Tulip Festival includes events such as guided tours and live music, and features an array of vendors ranging from Nature’s Stone Jewelry and Scentsy Wickless Candles to Best Fry Bread and Navajo Tacos. For a full listing of events and vendors as well as further information, visit